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  1. Sysprep Requirement for Windows VM Templates

    The requirement for running sysprep when preparing VM Templates (with Windows) looks a bit confusing, because as soon as you start converting finalized VM, the status changes to 'Sysprepping...'.

    If VMM could do sysprepping on it's own, I'd like to be able to skip doing this step in my Task Sequence, because one of the last steps I'm doing is applying some hardening GPOs, which in turn, cause sysprep to succeed only after a subsequent reboot (and automating one is quite a challenge as apparently MDT doesn't like something that's being touched by the hardening policies)

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      0 comments  ·  Hyper-V Virtual Machine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Migrate a Stored VM from 1 library to another.

      I have different libraries in different locations, on different speed networks. Some locations are deduplicated, some are not.

      For me, if I want to move an item from the library to another, I have to "deploy" to a cluster, then "store in library" again to the destination library.

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        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Bare-metal Deployment annoyance - load-save a previous configuration.

        When deploying a bare metal host, have the ability to load a previous powershell saved configuration to predefine the settings. Useful for minor changes, or building out a configuration step by step. When adding pNIC's and vNIC's there is a lot of configuration that has to be re-entered if your testing different settings.

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          0 comments  ·  Host Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Remove optical media from running vm

          Currently (1801) we are unable to remove optical media from a running VM although it is supported and doable from the failover cluster manager.
          Please fix that.

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            0 comments  ·  Hyper-V Virtual Machine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Custom Properties for VM Networks (and other objects)

            As of today we've the possibility to add "custom properties" to some objects available in VMM (i.e. Hosts, Templates, VMs, ..) but it's not available for other/all objects.

            It would be great to make these custom properties available across all objects like VM networks and others for which they're not available today.

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              0 comments  ·  Network Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Extend hardware templates, placement, and VM provisioning to account for DDA devices like GPUs

              I propose extending the hardware template to add a DDA assignment for a GPU or NVME device. Handle the placement logic to account for these devices, and perform the PCI dismount/mount process during VM provisioning.

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              • Console Bug: Some fields do not display output

                1. Tenant virtual network IP pool does not display customer VIP reservations. You have to use PowerShell to know they exists (SDNv2 fabric if that matters).
                2. One connected network type Logical Network IP pool does not display configured static routes. You have to use PowerShell to verify they exist.
                3. In Network Service, on a Microsoft network controller, on the Services tab, when viewing a Gateway virtual machine, the Name field of the devices to peer with table does not display configured name.

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                • Blank Virtual hard disk templates on demand without requiring a library object

                  When creating a VM template, if you want to add a data disk, you have to precreate the datadisk and load it into the library. If you want it Fixed, you have to take the time to precreate a Fixed VHDX and import it. Also if you want to add multiple data disks you must have unique entries in the library, they cannot be reused inside the same vm template. I propose allowing blank virtual hard disk templates of Fixed type of a specified size to be described in the template, and have scvmm create the disk on demand during…

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                  • monitor traffic bound to SCPortAcl rules

                    It would be nice to create a tool that will provide a real time monitor and ability to find past details for blocked and allowed traffic when SCPortAcl Rules are used. Connectivity filtering relies on firewall traffic monitoring for troubleshooting puproses so it is essential to have.

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                      0 comments  ·  Network Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Integrate DSC and LCM provisioning configuration with appropriate templates.

                      Should be able to configure LCM for tenant or service provider https pull server. Optionally Should allow DSC configuration to be included as a custom resource and compiled and placed locally during configuration process.

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                        0 comments  ·  Hyper-V Virtual Machine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Force Parent Disks to stay on specified volume if same file name already exists.

                        Currently, VMM will place a Parent Disk on the specified "Parent Disk" volume set on the cluster or host.

                        However, if the Parent Disk VHDX is changed in some way, but does not have its file name updated, the next time a VM is being created, it will fully copy the "new" Parent Disk to the next volume sorted alphabetically instead of appending a "-1" or "Copy 1" onto the file name.

                        For example:

                        TESTVM has a single hard disk that is set to differencing:

                        TESTVM-HDD-01.vhdx --> TESTVM-HDD-01-diff.vhdx

                        When TESTVM is created for the first time, TESTVM-HDD-01.vhdx is copied to…

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                          0 comments  ·  Storage Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Enable Shared Nothing Live Migrations between Hyper-V Clusters using SOFS Clusters

                          In our setup a Hyper-V cluster does have it's own SOFS cluster, we have several of those clusters. So a one-to-one relationship is established between a Hyper-V Cluster and a SOFS Cluster.
                          SCVMM 2016 does not allow for VM's to be live-migrated between Hyper- V clusters while this was possible using SCVMM2012R2. This functionality disappeared magically in 2016. We really need this since we migrate VMs regularly between clusters.
                          For example; we do have local clusters and stretched clusters, we need to live migrate VMs between those for distributing load and SLA levels. The loss of this functionality is documented…

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                            0 comments  ·  VMM Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Include a -MaxSize option for New-SCStorageVolume that accounts for the S2D resiliency type

                            When you manage an S2D storage pool in VMM, the "Storage available" value that appears in the console (from the RemainingManagedSpace property of the SPACES_StoragePool object) does not account for resiliency. For example, if the storage pool is a two-way mirror with 400 GB physical storage, the VMM console shows 385 GB available. However, the largest volume you can create on the storage pool is really only 190 GB.

                            In this scenario, if you attempt to create an S2D volume using New-SCStorageVolume, and you specify a size (-SizeInBytes) that exceeds the actual storage pool capacity, you receive the following job…

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                              0 comments  ·  Storage Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • A possible bug in SCVMM 2016 (Update Rollup 3) after building a S2D Hyper-V cluster

                              After building a S2D cluster in SCVMM 2016 with UR 3 I tried to add another node to the cluster. The job failed with the error in the cluster log "An error occurred while executing the test. One or more errors occurred. ERROR CODE: 0X80131500; Native ERROR CODE:1. The I/O operation has been aborted because of either a thread exit or an application request. I tried it multiple times with the same result. But I ran a test-scvmhostcluster PS command with the new node and it succeeded. It ended up that I couldn't add the node via SCVMM but I…

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                                1 comment  ·  Host Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • hiddensharePrevent users from creating hidden shares from the VMM console (or support them!)

                                VMM Allows you to create shares that are hidden by adding a $ to the end of the name. It works fine and allows you to use them.

                                However, if you remove one of these shares (ie, retire it) all of the hidden shares disappear. This is because the discovery gets run and it incorrectly assumes anything with a $ at the end is special and needs to be filtered out.

                                At this point, all of your VMs on these shares go into an unsupported state and you lose the ability to manage VMs using VMM.

                                Please allow VMM to…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Storage Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow the use of in use IP addresses from a pool in the DNS settings definition for that pool.

                                  Allow Addresses from a network controller managed address pool to be used in the DNS server settings of that pool. Vmm currently gives an error if domain controllers are already deployed using the pool, you will not be able to update that pool's DNS settings.

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                                  • VM and Hoststatus for Selfservice User -> Unknown

                                    When using VMM with SelfService Users (SSU) the SSU can only see the virtual machine status (VMS) – the user is not able to see the host status itself. I.e. when the host is “host not responding” the SSU will see Status: Running and Virtual Machine Status: Running.

                                    (screenshot 1)

                                    VMM hides the host status and keeps the last known VMS. It’s the same story for Admins and Delegated Admins with one difference – the user is able to see the host status:

                                    (screenshot 2)

                                    It’s possible that a not responding host does not lead to an outage of the…

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                                      0 comments  ·  VMM Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Mapping virtual NICs to SET switch Physical adapters

                                      As SET switches don't support LACP

                                      By default an algorithm is in place to affinitize a vNIC to a Physical network adapter when they are in a team (LBFO or SET). This algorithm does not always do the things you want, If I have two storage NICs created on my vSwitch I would like them affinitized both on a different physical adapter.

                                      Set-VMNetworkAdapterTeamMapping -VMNetworkAdapterName SMB_1 –ManagementOS –PhysicalNetAdapterName “SLOT 2”
                                      Set-VMNetworkAdapterTeamMapping -VMNetworkAdapterName SMB_2 –ManagementOS –PhysicalNetAdapterName “SLOT 3”

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                                        0 comments  ·  Network Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • SCVMM add-in installed from Powershell

                                        For add-in's which have to be installed and worked upon silently, there should be a way to install and uninstall from a powershell script

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                                          0 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Fix error 23352 when creating Generation 2 VM template and trying to deploy VMs

                                          As discussed in the following forum topic:
                                          https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/systemcenter/en-US/917c90d5-f7f4-454c-825b-fe0f28592978/cannot-create-vm-from-gen2-template?forum=virtualmachingmgrhyperv

                                          I am not able to fix whatever causes error 23352 to be thrown after
                                          - Creating a new generation 2 Virtual machine
                                          - Booting, installing and configuring the machine
                                          - shutting down the machine
                                          - Creating a VM template from the VM
                                          - Enabling "Create a differencing disk using the specified disk as parent"
                                          - Trying to create new virtual machines from the template.

                                          After the VHDX was deployed to the host(s) and differencing disks are to be created, error 23352 ("VMM cannot find the device or this device is not valid…

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